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From Parcels to Places

Project Finalists to Transform Blighted City Lots into Thriving Community Resources

While many saw a dilapidated patch of grass, Berkeley Road Block Watch and South of Main Civic Association members envisioned an oasis the community could call their own. 

With help from a few friends, June 4, 2016, will be known as the day the community stood with Antoinette Savage and Kamiliah “Kam” King to break ground and dedicate $15,000 from Columbus City Council to renovate the site expected to be the highlight of the neighborhood.

“The vision of the Berkeley Road Community Art and Flower Garden is to bring cohesiveness to the community,” said Savage.

Last month, at the Columbus Foundation, Savage and King learned the project was one of nine finalists of the City’s Parcels to Places competition. The program is designed to assist residents in tackling vacant and abandoned lots and replacing them with beautiful new spaces. Columbus City Council passed the ordinance that awarded grants of varying amounts to all finalists. 

The Berkeley Road Community Art and Flower Garden project received $15,000.00.

“Members in the community designed and planned these spaces,” said Councilmember Jaiza Page.  “I was blown away with the creativity, variety and passion these projects had and cannot wait to see the positive impact they have.”

With a little sweat and a lot of dirt, Savage and King, along with countless volunteers, are revitalizing the 32”x 123” lot and creating an urban oasis with sculptures, benches, trees, paver stones and flower beds.  Their application states the need for the project is “to improve residents’ lives, in a holistic way.”

Work on the lot is schedule to begin on June 4, 2016, with the first hosted art workshop on June 18, 2016. 

Finalists selected for Council funds:

  • Victorian Herb Garden – 2211-2217 Cleveland Avenue
  • Remembrance Park – 00000 Denue Avenue
  • Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce and Community Garden - 917-933 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Willowbeez Soulveg Food Structure – 917-933 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Old Towne East Pocket Park – 2211-2217 Cleveland Avenue
  • Berkeley Road Community Art and Flower Garden – 545-547 Berkeley Road
  • Healthy Homes Urban Forest – 941-949 Carpenter Street
  • Community Education Garden – 164 Hawkes Avenue
  • Wheatland Farm – 116 Wheatland Avenue

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